Healthy Dishes, Excellent Service at COLORS-Detroit

By: Amber Ogden | November 5, 2015

No matter your favorite type of cuisine, we can all agree that healthy, nutritious dishes that are locally sourced and full of flavor fit the bill when it comes to a great dinner out. Combined with excellent service, any restaurant that meets these guidelines will get a glowing review from even the harshest critic. All of these qualities, and more, can be found at COLORS-Detroit.

COLORS-Detroit, located near Greektown, is a nonprofit restaurant that serves as a training instrument for unemployed community members for front-of-the-house restaurant jobs. Developed in 2012, it is a project of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan (ROC-MI).

At the beginning of the month, the restaurant expanded to dinner service on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., having previously been open only for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

“We’re promoting health and nutrition, a better way of eating,” Dr. Alicia Farris, ROC-Michigan Director, said.

COLORS creates dishes with locally sourced ingredients, and partners with local food vendors including Avalon Bakery, Great Lakes Roasting, Keep Growing Detroit, Faygo, Better Made and more. All vendors are within a 100-mile radius of the restaurant.

COLORS prides itself on preparing fresh, unprocessed foods, like the menu’s Moroccan Spiced Meatballs, Roast Turkey Club and Sweet Potato Wontons. The new dinner menu includes dishes like rib-eye steak with potatoes and Chicken Cacciatore, all of which are expertly prepared by Chef Alex Amdemichael.

“More access to fresh foods is obviously very important to us, and to the diet and health of individuals,” Farris said.

Front-of-the-house training is really the focus of COLORS, where unemployed community members receive rigorous job training and develop life skills and a successful work ethic that prepare them not only for a position at COLORS, but in the hospitality and food service industry and beyond.

“When we look at COLORS, number one, we want to create a very rewarding and excellent dining experience,” Farris said, noting that when you dine at COLORS, you not only contribute to the local economy, you contribute to helping someone promote their craft.

For more information on COLORS-Detroit, visit the official website.